craft beer


Definition of craft beer

: a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew

Examples of craft beer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One friend dropped off a big bottle of fancy craft beer. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Zoom Book Tours: 5 Authors on Publishing in a Pandemic," 1 Jan. 2021 At the beginning of 2019, Cunningham tried to bring a six-pack of local craft beer onto the House floor to deliver to Rep. Peter DeFazio but was told it wouldn't be allowed. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Joe Cunningham cracks open beer during farewell speech on House floor," 17 Dec. 2020 The drinks include local craft beer, such as 4 1/2 Taphouse, which was named after the number of innings required for a regulation baseball game. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Maryland minor league baseball team works to keep fans after losing affiliation with the majors," 17 Dec. 2020 More craft beer: 5 Michigan holiday packs to get you past 2020 Much more fruit. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan brewery invents Smooj, the hard seltzer smoothie, and it's delicious," 16 Dec. 2020 Possible promotion strategies could include focusing on San Diego’s proximity to the Mexican border, which makes the region binational, and highlighting the local creative economy like the blossoming craft beer industry was touted years ago. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s ‘creative economy’ generates $11B a year, with room for growth," 18 Nov. 2020 While the days of explosive growth were already behind the craft beer industry when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, small independent brewers were still increasing their numbers each year—and there was no sign that any major reversal was on the way. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Craft brewers upend their business models in fight to stay alive," 14 Oct. 2020 Add to the mix the fact that craft beer is an organic commodity, and brewers like to get their suds in a package, shipped out, and consumed as fast as possible. cleveland, "Candemic forecast: Expect breweries to deal with strain on can supply into 2021," 22 Dec. 2020 One percent of the more than 8,000 craft breweries in the United States are Black-owned, according to the Brewers Association, a craft beer trade association. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's first Black-owned brewery opened in 1970. There hasn't been one since.," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of craft beer

1986, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2021

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“Craft beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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